Anakaluptēria

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Αὐτῷ ποιοῦσιν τὰ οἰκία πολλά τε καὶ μεγάλα. ἐπεὶ δὲ ταῦτα ἐξετέλεσαν πάντα καὶ χρήματα πολλά τε καὶ θεράποντας καὶ θεραπαίνας καὶ τἆλλα ὅσα δεῖ πάντα, ἐπεὶ δὴ πάντα ἑτοῖμα γίγνεται τὸν γάμον ποιεῦσιν. κἀπειδὴ τρίτη ἡμέρη γίγνεται τῷ γάμῳ, τότε Ζὰς ποιεῖ φᾶρος μέγα τε καὶ καλὸν καὶ ἐν αὐτῷ ποικίλλει Γῆν καὶ Ὠγηνὸν καὶ τὰ Ὠγηνοῦ δώματα * * * βουλόμενος γὰρ σέο τοὺς γάμους εἶναι τούτῳ σε τιμῶ. σὺ δέ μοι χαῖρε καὶ σύνισθι. ταῦτά φασιν ἀνακαλυπτήρια πρῶτον γενέσθαι· ἐκ τούτου δὲ ὁ νόμος ἐγένετο καὶ θεοῖσι καὶ ἀνθρώποισιν. ἡ δέ μιν ἀμείβεται δεξαμένη εὑ τὸ φᾶρος. . .
(Pherecydes of Syros, fr. 2)

His halls they make for him, many and vast. And when they had accomplished all these, and the furniture and manservants and maidservants and everything else necessary, when everything was ready, they hold the wedding. And on the third day of the wedding Zas makes a great and fair cloth and on it he decorates Ge and Ogenos and the halls of Ogenos * * * “for wishing [or some such word] marriages to be yours, I honour you with this. Hail to you, and be my consort.” And this they say was the first Anacalypteria: from this the custom arose both for gods and for men. And she replies, receiving from him the cloth. . . (tr. Geoffrey Stephen Kirk)

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